One of the reasons for this was the personal connection we had with the visitors who came to see the art. Whenever we have shown in an art gallery, we have had the opening evening where we interact with the public viewing the show. After that we leave and have no further real connection with what is happening in the gallery. Here, in this case however, we sat the show every evening. One or more of us were there interacting with the public as they came and viewed the our art. Now, there is the guest book where folk note down their observations and these are much appreciated. But it is so much more impacting to speak to the viewers on a personal level, face to face, as they express their feelings about what they have just seen. It's much more impacting, encouraging and inspiring.
The piece shown above is called "Doubt." It speaks to what happens when one allows doubt to run riot in our minds. The rising cloth of doubt makes things unstable and unsafe for us as it ascends higher and higher off the solid ground of truth.
Before the show, we felt that doubt. We felt a level of instability in
our show and how it would be received. As the show went on though we all become less doubtful. The voices of wonder and encouragement from the visitors took affect. We began to feel less instability as the cloth of doubt lowered us to the solid ground of truth and confidence in our show. It was you, our viewing audience that did that for us. You came in numbers, viewed the show and shared your encouraging words with us. There was emotion. There were spiritual experiences. Many were encouraged to get into something creative. Some to return to creative efforts that had been abandoned in the past. Many of you were moved and we were moved with you.
Wilma, Odia and I, wish to thank you, our viewers for your encouraging responses, inspiring us to continue to work at our art. For inspiring us with ideas for new work we're just itching to get started on.
Like Cyril Connolly once said, "The reward of art is not fame or success, but intoxication."
That is what has happened to us. We're now drunk with that inexplicable healing medicine of creative energy. Where this will now lead us I'm not sure, but thankyou from the bottom of our hearts.